Mirror, Mirror

“Holiday Reflections”

Look familiar?

Unless you have short-term memory loss, you’ll realize this photo is very, very similar to the one I published at the end of my last post.  For those of you who do, in fact, have short memories, here’s that photo again:

“Mirrored Glasses”

See the difference?

I had debated strongly while editing the original photo on exactly how to crop it.  Because I wanted to name the photo “Mirrored Glasses“, I decided to include just a smidgen of the brown mirror frame to highlight the title.  I also left a bit of the red table mat, because in my opinion it enhanced the reflection in the glasses.

One of my readers, an experienced photographer, disagreed.  He was of the opinion that if I did just a bit more cropping (remove the brown frames and the red at the bottom), I would have a potentially “award winning” photograph.

Say what?  How can I ignore a compliment like that?

So, I re-cropped the photo to remove the brown, but I ultimately decided I really like the red at the bottom.  The new title is “Holiday Reflections.”

I’m still not sure which one I prefer.  I kind of like the bracketed look of the brown frame in “Mirrored Glasses“, although I admit “Holiday Reflections” is a tighter photo.  Is it potentially “award winning“?  Maybe, maybe not –  but I had a lot of fun with that editing software.

By the way, for those of you who believe a true photographer should be able to take a perfect photo that doesn’t need editing of any kind, allow me to show you what the original photo looked like (this isn’t the actual original photo, but close enough to give you an idea of what I was dealing with):

Totally boring.  And crooked.  I played with the hue a lot before I found the best effect for this particular shot.  You would think enhancing the blue would have worked, but it didn’t.  When I hit the green-and-red combination, my heart told me to keep it.

I think I did well.

What do you think – do you prefer “Mirrored Glasses” or “Holiday Reflections“?  Or do you think I should have just stuck with the original blue-and-white?  Leave a comment and tell me why.  Just try to be kind when you do so …

(Many thanks [again] to the reader who took the time to write that awesome comment.  I value advice from more experienced photographers and writers.  I have so, so much to learn!)


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Images by Cordelia’s Mom/TeddyRosalie Studio

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16 Responses to Mirror, Mirror

  1. Tippy Gnu says:

    I go with “Holiday Reflections”. I think the danger in this photo is that it can easily look too busy. By cropping out the frame it looks less busy, and also helps to emphasize the green-red combination.

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  2. adamjasonp says:

    Holiday Reflections works better imo considering the color changes made the already artificial border more artificial. Simpler art photography.


  3. I like the Holiday Reflections, warm and cheery compared to the cool blue of the last picture


  4. Dan Antion says:

    I’ll go with “Holiday Reflections”. I do like the blue highlight, but that’s because red/green is a combination I don’t see well. I love taking pictures of clear glasses.


    • Thanks, Dan. The original would have worked if only I could have gotten just the right balance of blue, silver and white, but I couldn’t. As it was, it was a difficult photo to take. I had to practically lie on the floor to keep my own reflection out of that mirror.

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  5. markbialczak says:

    The crop to Holiday Reflections is a winner, CM.


  6. joey says:

    I like Holiday Reflections best 🙂


  7. Marc Beebe says:

    Well, you know what I think. 😀
    It’s one of those cases where having a little bit of something in the frame is a distraction, but had the whole mirror been included it would be a different situation. 🙂


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